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  • Writer's pictureAttorney Jason A Greller

Potential Costs of Buying a Wisconsin Property Located in a Flood Zone

Buying a property in a flood zone can involve additional costs and considerations compared to purchasing property in a non-flood zone area. These additional costs can vary depending on the specific property, location, and circumstances. Here are some potential costs to consider:

  1. Flood insurance: If your property is in a designated flood zone, you may be required to purchase flood insurance, which is separate from a standard homeowner's insurance policy. The cost of flood insurance can vary based on factors such as flood risk, the property's elevation, and the type of coverage you choose.

  2. Elevation certificate: To determine the appropriate flood insurance rate, you may need to obtain an elevation certificate, which provides information on the property's elevation relative to the base flood elevation. The cost of an elevation certificate can vary, typically ranging from $500 to $2,000 or more, depending on the property and surveyor's fees.

  3. Flood zone surveys: If a property is in a flood zone, you may need to conduct a flood zone survey to identify the exact boundaries and any flood-related risks. The cost of a flood zone survey can vary depending on the size and complexity of the property.

  4. Additional construction or mitigation costs: If you plan to build or renovate the property, you may need to comply with local floodplain regulations, which can increase construction costs. This might include elevating the structure, installing flood vents, or using flood-resistant materials.

  5. Potential increased maintenance costs: Properties in flood zones may be more susceptible to damage from flooding, which can lead to higher maintenance costs over time.

  6. Resale value: Properties in flood zones may have a lower resale value compared to properties in non-flood zone areas due to the increased risks and costs associated with flood-prone areas.

When considering purchasing a property in a flood zone, it's essential to understand the potential costs and risks. Consult with a real estate attorney, insurance agent, and local government officials to get a clearer picture of the costs and regulations specific to the property in question.

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